In this post I’ll answer the question, How many non-face cards are in a deck of 52 cards? As well as some other related questions about non-face cards in a standard deck of cards.
Table of Contents
- What are Non-Face Cards?
- How Many Non-Face Cards are in a Deck of 52 Cards?
- What is a Non-Face Card Called?
- What is the Probability of Getting a Non-Face Card in a Deck of Cards?
- What are All the Non-Face Cards in a Deck of Cards?
- Final Thoughts
What are Non-Face Cards?
The non-face cards are all the cards that are not specifically face cards in a deck. Since the face cards are the Jacks, Queens, and Kings (think of them as all the cards with faces on them), the non-face cards are all the cards except for the Jacks, Queens, and Kings in a deck.
This ends up being all the number cards, including the Ace, which represents the number 1 in a deck. These number cards are the Ace through 10, and in order are the:
How Many Non-Face Cards are in a Deck of 52 Cards?
There are 40 non-face cards in a deck of 52 cards. This is because there are four suits in a deck, (the Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds), and each of these suits gets one of each of the number cards, or non-face cards. There are 10 number cards, Ace through ten, and since each of the 4 suits gets 1 of each of these 10 cards, then 4 x 10 gives a total of 40 cards.
You can also look at it from the fact that there are 12 face cards in a deck. So that means 52-12=40. So out of 52 total cards, if 12 of them are face cards, that leaves 40 cards that are not face cards, or non-face cards.
What is a Non-Face Card Called?
Non-face cards are usually called spot cards. This is because on the card, its value is represented by the same number of spots, or “pips” in the center of the card.
So, for example, a Two of Clubs, has two small pictures of clubs (pips) in the center of the card. The Three of Hearts has three pips (small hearts) in the center of its card. And so on for all the number cards.
What is the Probability of Getting a Non-Face Card in a Deck of Cards?
The probability of getting a non-face card from a deck of 52 cards, would be 40/52, or 10/13.
This is because there are 40 non-face cards that can be possibly chosen, out of a total of 52 cards.
Learn more about why this is at Deck of Cards Probability Explained.
What are All the Non-Face Cards in a Deck of Cards?
Here are all the non-face cards in a deck of 52 cards.
- Ace of Hearts
- Two of Hearts
- Three of Hearts
- Four of Hearts
- Five of Hearts
- Six of Hearts
- Seven of Hearts
- Eight of Hearts
- Nine of Hearts
- Ten of Hearts
- Ace of Diamonds
- Two of Diamonds
- Three of Diamonds
- Four of Diamonds
- Five of Diamonds
- Six of Diamonds
- Seven of Diamonds
- Eight of Diamonds
- Nine of Diamonds
- Ten of Diamonds
- Ace of Spades
- Two of Spades
- Three of Spades
- Four of Spades
- Five of Spades
- Six of Spades
- Seven of Spades
- Eight of Spades
- Nine of Spades
- Ten of Spades
- Ace of Clubs
- Two of Clubs
- Three of Clubs
- Four of Clubs
- Five of Clubs
- Six of Clubs
- Seven of Clubs
- Eight of Clubs
- Nine of Clubs
- Ten of Clubs
We’ve learned that there are a total of 40 non-face cards in a deck. These are cards are all the number cards from Ace through Ten in each of the four suits. These non-face cards are also called spot cards. And the probability of drawing a non-face card from a deck of cards would be 10/13.
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